Back when society was even less tolerant than today, there was Pride one day a year and the Internet the other 364. The Net was one of the best places to find support and community. It's still that, as well as a good place to make more links to movements for sexual liberation and, even better, one of the best places to arrange fun.
This Pride, get online, get your dance card filled and get some info ready for when your folks see you flaunting your nipple clamps on the news.
Pride's home base on the Web is full of basic info, offering punchy FAQs for Pride newbies. It's also nicely designed, with a photo gallery (see what the drag queens wore in 2002) and pretty maps that let you navigate your way around T.O.'s downtown queer wilderness.
At Canada's largest online gayommunity, rural Maritime queers get advice on coming out from urbanites and city slickers get the skinny on the best nude beaches in Saskatoon. Plus personals, links on health, queer-friendly businesses and more.
Toronto Bisexual Network and Bisexual Women of Toronto
This site acts as one of the main hubs for the city's bi community, advertising social events, bi awareness and discussion groups. Because sometimes the grass is greener on both sides.
The Pussy Palace
The Pussy Palace gals were honoured at last year's Dyke March - you can read about their court victory on the site. And if the recent bathhouse just wasn't enough to keep you purring, find out info on upcoming women's bathhouses as well as juicy stories from parties past.
Transsexual Menace Toronto
Appropriately somewhere between weblog and resource list, the only thing menacing about this site is the volume of info, from general transsexuality topics to trickier things like changing your social insurance information or getting nice men's skirts.
Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans People of Color
Featuring books, Web resources and a seemingly well-trafficked message board to chat with others dealing with double and triple discrimination.
SOY (Supporting Our Youth) Toronto
Between organizing an under-25 stage at Pride, working to increase trans-friendly public space and organizing resources for young queer immigrants, SOY definitely has a lot of youthful energy to go around.
TNT!MEN (Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity, Inc.)
Billing itself as the men who brought you Hanlan's Point nude beach, TNT!MEN is a not-for-profit club for "men of all ages, races, shapes and sizes who like to get naked with other men." As might be expected from something designed by naked guys, the site is light-hearted and revealing, with info relevant to those who prefer air-drying over towelling.
Saadaya - A Call to Reclaim Queer Spiritual Traditions
Explores some of the points of intersection of queer identities and ancient spiritual practices across the globe. Possibly the most information available in one place on ritual transvestism within Norse paganism. What, you think Vikings wore trousers?
Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives
Info raises questions about conventional HIV testing, the safety and effectiveness of AIDS drug treatments and the validity of most common assumptions about HIV and AIDS. Providing helpful advice for people seeking holistic AIDS care, the site turns a watchful eye on pharmaceutical companies.
Intersex Society of North America
It's a little known fact that roughly 4 per cent of all people are born with physical traits of both genders. But accepted wisdom holds that only men should wield the shaft, and only if it's big enough, so most are put through risky medical procedures. The ISNA educates physicians and parents on the possibilities of medical care that is not based on shame, secrecy and doctors' Freudian hang-ups.
HerCurve - Women's Sex & Sexuality
Online community for women of all sexualities offers steamy, sometimes silly, amateur erotica, message boards and online sex toy shopping. Beware of the link to Lavalife's cheesy online dating emporium.